Hijabs, Breastfeeding, Non-Binary Genders: The New Emojis Coming In 2017

There are 56 new emojis set for release in 2017 including a T.Rex, a sandwich, a zombie and a bowl of cereal. But, there are far more culturally relevant icons to be raving about

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The dancing girl.

The monkey covering its eyes.

The phallic-looking aubergine.

Admit it, everyone has a favourite emoji.

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Our current favourites? New ones depicting breasfeading, a woman wearing a hijab, a man and woman in the lotus position and gender inclusive adults and children.

Unicode, the computing industry standard for encoding, has just signed off on 56 new emoji symbols to be added to our keyboards, including an elf, a mermaid, a coconut, tinned food, a face vomitting and a man with a beard.

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Scheduled for release in 2017 on Apple and Android devices, the emojis are slowly starting to represent all members of society in terms of gender, race and religion and is making Twitter users around the world incredibly happy.

The 'woman wearing a hijab' emoji came as a result of 15-year-old student Riyadh-born Rayouf Alhumedhi, who proposed the new emoji sign with the explanation that, 'roughly 550 million Muslim women on this earth pride themselves on wearing the hijab.

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With this enormous number of people, not a single space on the keyboard is reserved for them.

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Alhumedhi told Arab News that she hopes the new emoji will rid society of the stigma associated with wearing the hijab and reveals that her friends who also wear hijabs are looking forward to using the icon.

'They're really excited that this emoji will come to life because of me, their friend. I told my friends that, when it is on a keyboard, it will be the only emoji that we'll be using,' she added.

The list will be finalised when Unicode 10.0 is released in mid-2017. Read Alhumedhi's proposal below on Scribd.

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